A young boy has died in hospital after suffering horrific burns in a house fire at Weranga, west of Toowoomba in Queensland last night.
The Toowoomba Chronicle reports a spokesman for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital this afternoon confirmed a boy, 4, had died.
Another boy, 3, believed to be his brother, remains in a critical condition.
Emergency services were called to the blaze on about 7.40pm Tuesday, where they spent about half an hour dousing the blaze.
The boys’ father managed to drag his children, aged three and four, outside as the blaze completely destroyed their timber house.
Paramedics confirmed two young children, aged three and four, and a 34-year-old man were treated at the scene for serious burns.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Rescue spokesman Cameron Ashmore told ABC News how paramedics worked to save the little boys.
“The two children, aged three and four, suffered 89 to 90 per cent burns to their whole body and the father suffered burns to his arms,” he said.
The children were later flown to the Lady Cilento and Children’s Hospital in a critical condition, while the man was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The father’s condition is now stable with burns to his arms, and one boy, 3, remains critical with significant burns and the other sadly has died.
It’s believed the house did not have smoke alarms and all three were asleep when the fire started.
No one else was in the house at the time.
Fire investigators have started to comb the ruins to determine what caused the blaze.
A fundraising page has been set up to assist the family with medical bills, living expenses and replacing the family house.
Local Tara woman Lisa Jenner said the fundraiser was to “help the young family get back on their feet”.
– The Courier Mail with AAP